Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Slides from the Glossitope BoF

Due to a deluge of requests (both of them) here are the slides for our Awesome BoF 5000.

You can see them as a PDF or a QuickTime movie. I recommend the QuickTime if you can as it contains the rad transitions and animated jokes.


-- Josh

Monday, May 14, 2007

We've got a new website and name

That's right. We are now Glossitope at www.glossitope.org. Come check us out!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

New DHS widget

Brian Mason has built a new widget to check the current security status of the Department of Homeland Security. You can get it in the widget gallery here.

Thanks Brian!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Yahoo Widgets 4 is released

Yahoo Widgets 4 was just released today. They added a dock mode with mini-widgets and auto-widget updating. Part of me is frustrated because this is one of the things we have that they didn't until today.

Another part of me is happy because it means we were right to include those features.

And yet another part of me is excited because it means the widget market is heating up and getting more overall exposure with more users for everyone.

And the last part of me is getting really hungry for some lunch. I think I'll go get some food.

Before I go I'll ask, are there any cool features of the AB5k container you'd like to see? Any other widgets you think we are missing?


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

More updates and the new branch

I have created a new branch in Subversion for me to work on a completely redesigned window manager. No more hacked up JDesktopPane! This will give us the ability to plug in cool animations and effects as well as further isolate the desklets from eachother. No longer with a single bad desklet be able to muck up the display.

Added a single place in the code to display errormessages. re-enabled stacktraces as well.

Added Cooper's architecture overview to the wiki.

Charlie posted his Yahtzee desklet.

quick updates

We are starting our planning for Java One. More details soon. In the mean time here are some more updates.

Applied a patch from Augusto Sellhorn to buffer the background gradient image. It greatly speeds up repainting.

Added updating to the standard pre-installed desklets.

Added updating and a proper resize control to the Wikipedia desklet. It still looks ugly but at least it works.

Friday, March 16, 2007

New maven jars and other updates

i work on two of our support jars for swinglabs: swingx and swingx-ws. These libs were in flux for a while and were using branches, sometimes
requiring us to use multiple versions of each jar. I have finally merged these branches back into head and uploaded final jars (along with
their support jars) to our Maven repository at :



This means there will fewer jars to download, reduces the sizes of most desklets, and increases the reliability of deploying them.
Here are the rest of the updates that I know about (Cooper may have done others)

  • weather desklet: turned dragging back on, added mini-icons for the the dock label, added resizing to the config dialog

  • mapviewer: made resizable, updated to new mini-maven jars, added check for the correct street address format,

  • wikipedia: switched to maven jars. download went from 5 mb to 200k

  • clock: switched to maven jars. download is now 76k

  • Updated the container to use the new swingx and swingx-ws jars. no more dupes!